Dynasty Recap – Week 5 – Packers destroy Vikings, 42-10

  • Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was his efficient self with 156 yards on just 17 pass attempts and three touchdowns. He continues to be the top-rated quarterback in dynasty.
  • Packers running back Eddie Lacy got back on track with 105 yards rushing with two touchdowns and adding three catches for 27 yards. As long as Lacy is in Green Bay, he’ll be a low-end RB1 in dynasty formats.
  • Packers safety Morgan Burnett racked up 12 tackles and a forced fumble and continues to be a DB1 in all formats.

Dynasty Recap – Week 2 – Packers come back against Jets, 31-24

  • Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was in top form with 346 yards and three touchdowns. Thanks to his production and age (unlike Drew Brees and Peyton Manning), he’s the consensus QB1 in dynasty formats.
  • The primary beneficiary was receiver Jordy Nelson at nine catches for 209 yards on a staggering 16 targets. Thanks to his extension, Nelson is a consensus WR1 in all dynasty formats.
  • Meanwhile, Jets receiver Eric Decker was having a nice day with four catches, 63 yards and a touchdown before getting injured. Decker is proving he can be a reliable WR2/3 in dynasty formats even with questionable quarterback play.
  • Packers safety Morgan Burnett had another great day with 11 tackles and a pass defended. He’s a legit DB1 in all dynasty formats.

Updated Dynasty Defensive Back Rankings – August 2014

Complete dynasty defensive back rankings can be found here.

  • cyprienA new entry in the top five with Johnathan Cyprien. The top five in order is Harrison Smith, Morgan Burnett, Cyprien, Earl Thomas, and Mark Barron. 
  • The big drops include Eric Berry from 2 to 6 and rookie Deone Bucannon from 21 to 27.
  • Some risers include Malcolm Jenkins from 24 to 20; Antrelle Rolle from 32 to 26; and Major Wright from 34 to 30.

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Updated Dynasty DB Rankings – February 2014

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  • Top of the list remains the same with Packers safety Morgan Burnett and Vikings safety Harrison Smith claiming the top two spots.
  • The big risers include Cowboys safety Barry Church making an appearance in the top 10. Rams safety T.J. McDonald should also see more action in his second year.
  • The big drops include Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor for no other reason other than there’s just a ton of talent around him. Lions safety Glover Quin also drops. Quin has never had a 100-plus tackle season and the Lions big area of need is their secondary. Steer clear.

Dynasty Recap – Week 13 – Lions destroy Packers, 40-10

  • Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford had a very Matthew Stafford game, throwing for 330 yards on 22 of 35 passing with three touchdowns but two interceptions and a fumble lost. This is the Matthew Stafford dynasty leaguers will have to live with.
  • Lions running back Reggie Bush had 117 yards rushing and 65 yards receiving on five catches with a touchdown. He did lose a fumble but that didn’t stop him. You have to wonder how Reggie’s fumble issues will affect his play going forward. Backup Joique Bell had 94 yards rushing on 19 carries with 34 yards on three receptions and another touchdown.
  • Lions receiver Calvin Johnson had 101 yards on six catches and a touchdown. He’s the best and I have a man crush on him and I don’t care who knows it.
  • A bright spot for the Packers was safety Morgan Burnett had nine tackles, two fumble recoveries and a touchdown. His value only increases as the Packers allow more yards and points.
  • Lions rookie defensive end Ziggy Ansah had two sacks for the second straight game after missing a month. Playing in that system, in which Cliff Avril was a star, should only increase Ansah’s value along with his age and contract.

Dynasty Recap – Week 12 – Packers, Vikings tie

  • Packers rookie running back Eddie Lacy had his third 100-yard effort with 110 yards on 25 carries and a touchdown. He also added six catches for 48 yards. He’ll continue to succeed in the high-powered Green Bay offense.
  • Vikings rookie receiver Cordarrelle Patterson was targeted 11 times and hauled in eight of them for 54 yards. Hopefully the targets continue and Patterson can get more work in before the 2014 campaign.
  • Packers safety Morgan Burnett had another 12-tackle game to give him 62 in his injury-shortened year. He still might get to 100 tackles while missing almost 1/3 of the season.

Dynasty Recap – Week 11 – Giants down Packers, 27-13

  • Giants receiver Victor Cruz continues to dominate, catching eight balls on 11 targets for 110 yards. There’s not many other WR1 options but Cruz consistently produces like it.
  • Giants running back Andre Brown ran for 66 yards on 18 carries for a 3.7 YPC. Brown will never be a productive featured back but it’s encouraging that the Giants have turned over the running game to him with the injury to David Wilson. In a perfect scenario, you’d have both on your dynasty team as each individually will never lead you to dynasty glory.
  • Packers safety Morgan Burnett had another double-digit tackle game with 12. He now has 50 in seven games this year after recovering from injury. Burnett is an automatic for 100 tackles in any year he’s healthy, giving him DB1 status.

Dynasty Recap – Week 9 – Bears beat Packers, 27-20

  • Packers running back Eddie Lacy showed he could carry the load with 150 yards on 22 carries for a 6+ YPC. It’s good to see Lacy producing without Aaron Rodgers’ protection.
  • Bears running back Matt Forte had 125 yards rushing to go along with 54 yards on five catches. Forte is having a lights-out season. The hope is he can keep it up for 2-3 years.
  • Packers safety Morgan Burnett had 10 tackles to keep up a 100 tackle pace. Burnett had a pass defended to go along with it. After sitting out with injury the first month, Burnett has returned to form and should still be considered a DB1 in dynasty leagues.

Why are safeties are better than corners in fantasy?

Looking at the latest DB rankings for dynasty, you’ll see safeties take the top 1o spots. This is similar to the DL rankings that put ends at the top of the list over interior linemen.  But why is that?

If you were to look at the top tackling DB’s last year, you’d find a safety-heavy list with only three corners in the top 20. In fact, there’s no more than four corners in the top 20 for years and there were none in 2009. The fact is, tackles are the most consistent stats when looking at DB’s so it’s best to rank them by that. Plus, even if tackles are 1 point in your league while interceptions are 4, you’d still be better served drafting a tackling machine like Morgan Burnett who’s had 230 tackles over the last two years. Tackles are just more common than interceptions and happen at a higher ratio than the tackle/interception point ratio in most, if not all, dynasty leagues.

But why do safeties have way more tackles? Inherently, they’re the safety valve of the defense. They are there to prevent plays from going 10, 15, 20 yards. Corners, good corners anyway, are there to prevent the receivers from even catching the ball. That’s why corners will never have high tackle numbers if they’re picking passes off. The top six leaders in interceptions last year had 60-76-64-55-76-53 tackles respectively. Plus, corners are relegated to one side of the field while the safeties cover much more ground on any given play. They’re instinctively playing the ball while the corners have specific assignments.

Bottom line – get a safety as your DB1. Only if you’ve got that locked up would I even consider drafting a corner.